Deontay Wilder: Parker ran from me because he seen what I did to Gerald Washington

"I always say many times I was supposed to unify the division many, many years ago."

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Deontay Wilder: Parker ran from me because he seen what I did to Gerald Washington
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Deontay Wilder fantasized about fighting Joseph Parker seven years ago. At that point, Wilder had been the WBC heavyweight titleholder for two years. Parker won the unclaimed WBO belt in December 2016 after a close fight with Andy Ruiz Jr. Wilder wanted to unify the division, but it didn't happen. Parker had the opportunity to watch the match between Wilder and Gerald Washington, and was present in the hall.

“I definitely remember that. And Joseph Parker ran from me because he seen what I did to Gerald Washington. And, you know, he came to talk a good game and talk about, you know, fighting me or whatever, just like all the other ones. And he seen, you know, the performance I had by knocking Gerald Washington out, and he [fled], he ran, just like all the other ones. I always say many times I was supposed to unify the division many, many years ago, if I had the opportunity.- Wilder said, as quoted by boxingscene.com!

Deontay Wilder: No one has ever given me the opportunity like I’ve given others

Wilder thinks that while he's given opportunities to others, he hasn't always had the same chances. But he's happy with where he is, proud of his career success and unafraid of any opponent in the ring. He's feeling positive about the future and fully expects to win in Saudi Arabia.

“But unfortunately, no one has ever given me the opportunity like I’ve given other fighters the opportunity to fight. You know, and it’s just sad because I have a blessing and a curse. But God is good. Here we are again. You know, a lotta great things is happening, a lot of doors has opened and a lotta opportunities is looming around. And I’m just honored to be able to perform in Saudi Arabia, and start and kick the thing off. And I’m looking forward to the ‘Day of the Reckoning.’ ”

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